The Achilles tendon in the back of the lower leg is the largest and strongest tendon in the body. It attaches the calf muscle to the heel bone. Anytime we walk, run, jump, dance or play sports, we use our Achilles tendons. Athletes like runners are prone to inflammation and degeneration of this tendon which occurs over time from use. However, anyone can develop Achilles tendinopathy. The following FAQs explore various risk factors, signs, symptoms and treatment options for this condition.

1. Is Achilles Tendinopathy the Same as Achilles Tendinitis?

Achilles tendinopathy and Achilles tendinitis are different conditions. Some people mistakenly use the terms interchangeably, but tendinitis stems from inflammation due to sports or other activity. Achilles tendinopathy is a degenerative condition that can affect anyone and is not related to acute inflammation. Instead, experts believe Achilles tendinopathy occurs over time as a response to a pre-existing injury.

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